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Best Road Trip Adventures in WA March 23 – 25

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It’s a weekend full of Northwest nature and history! Take a step back in time during Port Townsend’s Victorian Heritage Festival. Celebrate the Razor Clam in Ocean Shores, or watch grey whales migrate in Ilwaco. Boating, birds and beads are all part of this weekend just outside of Seattle.

Victorian Heritage Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 23, 24 and 25
Port Townsend, WA
http://www.victorianfestival.org

In its 16th year, the Victorian Heritage Festival offers a variety of presentations and events ranging from fashion shows and tea to boxing. This year’s festival will include a beer hall with seating for prize fights and vintage firearms lectures. Join us for a celebration of the old that is new again – bringing together scholars, enthusiasts and curiosity-seekers from across the Pacific Northwest. Plus, 3 steam boats will be available for rides on the harbor, weather permitting.

2nd Annual Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show
Saturday and Sunday
March 24 and 25
Vern Burton Community Center
308 East 4th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
http://www.cityofpa.us

Come see over 35 vendors at this 2nd annual event. Featuring Rough & Polished Rocks – Giant Thunder Eggs – Slabs – Carvings
– Lapidary Tools – Beads – Fused Glass – Faceted Gem Stones- Facet Rough – Crystals – Fossils – Minerals – Beach Glass -
Shells – Jewelry – Wire Wrapping – Woodworking – Cabochons – Equipment – and much more! Free Rocks for Kids.

Anacortes Spring Boat Show
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 23, 24 and 25
10:00am – 5:00pm
Anacortes, WA
http://www.anacortesboatshow.com

Over 70 boats of every type and style will be brought to the docks especially for this FREE event, so you’ll want to wear your most comfortable boat shoes and be ready to stay all day at the ANACORTES BOAT SHOW! Established by a cooperative of Anacortes yacht brokers and dealers, there’s plenty of experience on hand to answer all of your questions as you walk the docks. A decidedly casual event, boaters from all over the United States and Canada make it a point to be at CAP SANTE MARINA each year to enjoy the boats, the scenery, and hopefully a little Northwest sunshine!

Whale Watching Week
March 24 – March 31
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
248 Robert Gray Dr
Ilwaco, WA 98624
360.642.4144
http://www.whalespoken.org

Trained volunteers will be at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites, including Ilwaco, WA, to help visitors spot gray whales during the spring annual migration. The volunteers are on duty 10:00am – 1:00pm to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about their migration.

Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival & Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday, March 24
Ocean Shores Convention Center
120 W. Chance A La Mer Ave.
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
http://www.oceanshores.org

Hurray for the (tasty) and elusive Razor Clam! Celebrating the natural bounty of “Coastal Life” The event features a pancake breakfast, artisan marketplace, children’s activities, live entertainment, dancing, cultural exhibits, and the highly anticipated Clam Chowder Cook-off. Come and cast your vote for the best professional & non-professional chowder on the North Beach!

15th Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 23, 24 and 25
449 E Cedar
Othello, WA 99344
509.989.5606
http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org

The Festival has many tours for crane viewing, and specialty tours that have included a Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour and Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour. Come join the fun, lots to do and beautiful birds to see.

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